C. Gary Reiness
Professor of Biology
Lewis and Clark College
Gary Reiness is Professor of Biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, where he teaches cell biology, neurobiology, and immunology, and conducts research on development of the vertebrate nervous system. He also serves as Dean of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He was previously associated with Pomona College. He formerly served as Chair of the Biology Departments of Lewis & Clark and Pomona Colleges, and was Associate Dean of Faculty at Pomona.
Reiness has been involved for many years in efforts to build and maintain strong undergraduate science programs. He has been active in the Council on Undergraduate Research, where he served as a Biology Councilor for 5 years, and since 1991 in Project Kaleidoscope. In PKAL he has served on the Leadership Committees, organized workshops on reform of undergraduate biology education, been a Village Elder for the Faculty for the 21st Century, and mentored participants in Leadership Institutes. He is also a frequent consultant to undergraduate biology departments and science programs around the country.
As Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Lewis & Clark, Reiness overseas the College's Environmental Studies (ENVS) program. Lewis & Clark's location in the Pacific Northwest attracts many students with a love of nature. The ENVS program, now 5 years old, seeks to build on this interest to provide students with the intellectual tools that will enable them to contribute to the solution of environmental problems. The ENVS program has attracted both a strong interest from students-it is one of the College's most popular majors--and support from granting agencies. Reiness himself is an avid environmentalist, backpacker, and whitewater rafter.
Reiness's research has been supported by NSF, NIH, and several private agencies. His curricular reform initiatives have been supported by NSF, and he has served as principal investigator on institutional grants to Lewis & Clark from NSF's Academic Research Infrastructure program, the W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.